Fury apparently to retire
Tyson Fury’s boxing career could be over after the former world heavyweight champion on Wednesday said he would not reapply for a license to fight from the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBOC). The 29-year-old, who has a 25-0 record, became World Boxing Association (super), International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Organization world champion when he beat Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, but has not fought since. His license was withdrawn “pending further investigation” by the BBBOC in October last year. He was also charged with a rule violation by UK Anti-Doping after a urine sample from February 2015 showed traces of the banned stimulant nandrolone. He has denied any wrongdoing. “After thinking long and hard about my return, I will not be applying for a BBBOC boxing license. After the way they have handled stuff. No thanks,” the Briton wrote on Twitter.
Moscon in trouble again
Gianni Moscon of Team Sky was on Wednesday again in the spotlight for the wrong reasons after a rival cyclist accused him of purposefully causing a fall in which he broke his elbow. Switzerland’s Sebastien Reichenbach said the 23-year-old Italian pushed him to the ground in the early part of a race in Italy on Tuesday. “A complaint has been filed,” Reichenbach’s FDJ team manager Marc Madiot told reporters. Moscon was suspended by Sky for six weeks in May after racially insulting Reichenbach’s teammate Kevin Reza on the Tour de Romandie. Reichenbach publicly expressed outrage at the time. Moscon sent his best wishes to Reichenbach after Tuesday’s race, saying on Twitter that he was sorry and wishing him a quick recovery. However, in Wednesday’s edition of Swiss newspaper Le Nouvelliste, Reichenbach, who according to his team is likely to be sidelined for three to four months, appeared in no mood to accept the apology. “Many riders saw the incident and are ready to testify in my favor. It was a deliberate push,” Reichenbach said.
Newton slammed for sexism
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Wednesday faced mounting criticism after making a sexist comment to a female reporter during a news conference. Newton landed in hot water after remarking that it was “funny to hear a female” ask a question about route running. The Panthers star smirked after Jourdan Rodrigue, a reporter for the Charlotte Observer, asked about receiver Devin Funchess’ ability to run physically demanding routes. “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like — it’s funny,” 28-year-old Newton said before discussing Funchess’ development with the team. However, Rodrigue criticized Newton’s reply on social media. “I don’t think it’s ‘funny’ to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job,” Rodrigue wrote on Twitter. Rodrigue also revealed that she spoke with Newton in private after the news conference and was unhappy with his response. “I spoke with him after and it was worse,” she wrote. “I chose not to share, because I have an actual job to do today and one he will not keep me from.”
Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is buying the Forum for US$400 million, ending the billionaire’s legal fight with Madison Square Garden Co (MSG) and clearing the way to build a new arena for his NBA team down the street in Inglewood, California. Ballmer on Tuesday announced his cash purchase of the venerated arena. Ballmer, a former Microsoft executive, and Clippers vice chairman Dennis Wong are making the transaction through CAPSS LLC, a newly formed entity that would continue to operate the Forum as a live music venue. “This is an unprecedented time, but we believe in our collective future,” Ballmer said.
EXPENDITURE: Tokyo Games organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said that ‘additional expenses are going to be quite massive’ to reschedule the Olympics The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is working with sports bodies to arrange a July-to-August window next year for the postponed Tokyo Olympics and hopes to confirm the schedule within a month, Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun reported yesterday. John Coates, head of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics, told the newspaper that the Games would have to be held between the tennis Grand Slams of Wimbledon, scheduled to end in mid-July, and the US Open, which starts in late August. “We want to more or less finalize the dates in four weeks’ time,” the newspaper quoted Coates as saying. Coates, who is also
When two Spanish soccer players took to the controls of FIFA 20 after the COVID-19 pandemic saw their La Liga match canceled, a stadium-sized virtual audience watched online. The huge digital crowd last week is part of a spectacular boom for the digital gaming industry, as record numbers flock to online servers for distraction, entertainment and friendship with the “real world” seemingly falling apart. Real Betis Balompie striker Borja Iglesias kicked the winning goal using his own digital likeness in the 6-5 battle against Sevilla, which was broadcast on popular video game streaming platform Twitch. It took place at the same time the
BLAME GAME: The Turkish Boxing Federation president blamed the International Olympic Committee, which denied any link between the event and the infections Organizers of the suspended Europe Olympic boxing qualifiers in London on Thursday hit back at accusations of irresponsibility as the number of competitors and coaches testing positive for COVID-19 grew to six. The Croatian Boxing Federation said that three team members had contracted the disease, a day after Turkey reported positives for two boxers and a coach. The event at the Copper Box, featuring hundreds of male and female fighters seeking places at the now-postponed Tokyo Olympic Games, was halted on Monday last week after three days. The International Olympic Committee’s Boxing Task Force (BTF), which organized the event after last year’s suspension